Sixteen Ways to Hear from God (Part 1)

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“Listen, because I have important things to say, and what I tell you is right” (Prov. 8:6, NCV).

Are you needing to receive a word from God about the next step to take? I believe the Holy Spirit wants me to share, between today and tomorrow, a list of possible ways He might get His personal message to you. This list is by no means exhaustive but should give you a good idea of how creative God can get. I will let you in on approaches that He has used with me… I encourage you to try them out, if you haven’t already!

  1. Reading time with children. I have, on occasion, been moved to tears, reading comic book Bible stories to my kids. There’s something about literature geared towards the vivid imagination of children that can be very compelling. Holy Spirit can even use a book not specifically Christian. Just yesterday, He dropped a word into my spirit for a family member, straight out of a story I read to my youngest the day before. It didn’t have a single Scripture reference in it, but it was exactly what my relative needed to hear (and was certainly a biblical principle).
  2. Worship music lyrics. Holy Spirit has often made me laugh by coordinating uncanny timing with this one. He’ll stir me to put on a certain worship album, by causing the lyrics of one of its songs to play in my spirit. Then, He’ll begin speaking to my heart about some topic. And exactly right after I hear Him speaking, a lyric from the album will sing out the exact message He just spoke, one second later. I can just sense Him smiling at me as I chuckle in delight.
  3. Bringing pieces of Scripture to memory. Often Daddy will invite me onto a treasure hunt by whispering three or four words of a verse that I read long before. It’s not a verse that I have committed fully to memory, so I pull out my YouVersion app and start looking for it. It may take some extra digging, but once I find what He was getting out, every single time, it breathes life powerfully into my spirit. It’s well worth the extra effort.
  4. Email list devos. I receive devotional material from six different lists, every day. I even have an email address dedicated exclusively to this purpose. I don’t read every single devo closely, but I always open them up to see if Holy Spirit will spark something in my heart through the title or opening verse. I can’t tell you how many times He has given me a key word for my life through this means.
  5. Consecutive Bible reading. You very well might find His answer when you simply open up to exactly where you left off in the Word. I’m amazed by how Daddy can orchestrate the timing of this kind of communication. I have found, countless times, that when I open up my Bible to continue with my reading, the exact word that I need, for that exact day, is right there.
  6. Lines from movies, shows, programs, and ads. If God can use a donkey to relay His message, He can certainly use Hollywood. Now, I wouldn’t suggest increasing your amount of tv and movie intake in search of a word from Heaven. Many of us would probably benefit from cutting back on these things, and/or getting much stricter about what content we are willing to watch.
    That being said, He can undoubtedly whisper to your heart through whatever film or show you do enjoy. A few years ago, He gave me one of the most important words of the year, right out of an ad that kept playing for the World Cup. Even better, it was a jingle that got stuck my head. His message was on repeat inside me, going deeper and deeper into my soul!
  7. The written word all around. Everywhere you look, there are words on display. Billboards, posters, street signs, book titles, names of businesses, bumper stickers, menus, and on and on. If you train your heart to be listening for Holy Spirit, He will often use the words you see around you to speak to you. I remember, nearly twenty years ago, when I was in traffic, in a quandary and praying. I looked up, and God’s answer was spelled out on the license plate of the car in front of me. I shook my head in wonder! (Read about another example here.)

Check back in tomorrow for the rest of the list!

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What is the most creative way God has used to get a message through to you?

18 thoughts on “Sixteen Ways to Hear from God (Part 1)

  1. Most recently, look to the sky and beautiful clouds, visualizing Jesus returning SOON! Seeing the most magnificent rainbow I have ever seen, when my mind was on troubles of the day..then rejoicing in God’s beautiful creations. There is surely something every day that should draw our attention away from this world’s troubles and cause us to give praise and glory to Almighty God. Len Wisniewski

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  2. Thank you! Those are great examples of communication used by Father God :-). Many times He speaks to me thru license plates too. There used to be one word that would repeatedly come into view on a plate while driving. I would see this same word nearly on a daily basis for years. It was a warfare prayer initiater. Other words on lisence plates that were about praying too- “ask” and “hedg” regularly drove up in my view. During those years there was crisis happening and things came to a head to where the major contributor of harm was exposed. The promptings for prayer led to overcoming darkness and light and healing begun! More recently, I was shown I would be a grandma when seeking to know. While driving down the road a car pulled in front of me with the lisence plate”gran Ann”. :-D. Not too long after this was confirmed!

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    1. 😀 Reading that last one caused a joyful chuckle to come up about of my spirit. How I love that! How beautifully personal too! He is SO good at crafting details!! And the warfare prayer invites is such a powerful story too. Double wow! Thank you so very much for sharing, Ann! ❤

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  3. I wouldn’t say the most creative, but one of the most memorable ways He’s touched me is through the Lord of the Rings. After Frodo laments on their troubles and wishing none of the events had ever happened, Gandalf replies (paraphrase): “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for us to decide. What we must do is decide what it is that we will do with the time that we are given.” Profound words from the Wizard!

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    1. Wow, yes! So very profound. I absolutely love the Lord of the Rings too. Most definitely felt the Lord speaking to me through it. I think that happened a little more through the books, but some through the movies too. Tolkien’s description of the friendship between Frodo and Sam is very moving to me.

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    1. I bet! My children frequently say things that are very helpful in my walk with God, and they don’t even realize it. Their spirits are so innocent, easy for listening to the Holy Spirit! And the Holy Spirit inside them is not a junior Holy Spirit, but God is all His fullness! How neat that you get to hear from the kids in your class 🙂

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